Jaishankar in Sri Lanka: A boost to PM Modi\'s \'Neighbourhood First\' policy in third term
Jaishankar in Sri Lanka: A boost to PM Modi’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy in third term

India’s External Affairs Minister, Dr. S Jaishankar, recently visited Sri Lanka as part of India’s diplomatic efforts to strengthen ties with its neighbors. The visit marked a significant step towards enhancing cooperation and cementing relations between the two countries.

The visit of Dr. Jaishankar to Sri Lanka is seen as a reaffirmation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy, which aims to prioritize relations with neighboring countries and enhance regional cooperation.

Strengthening Bilateral Ties

During his visit, Dr. Jaishankar held meetings with the top leadership of Sri Lanka, including President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The discussions focused on a wide range of issues, including trade, security cooperation, and people-to-people ties.

Dr. Jaishankar emphasized the importance of enhancing economic cooperation between the two countries and exploring new avenues for collaboration.

Promoting Regional Stability

India has always maintained a strong interest in ensuring stability and security in the region. By engaging with its neighbors like Sri Lanka, India aims to address common challenges such as terrorism and maritime security.

The visit of Dr. Jaishankar underscores India’s commitment to promoting regional stability and fostering greater cooperation among South Asian nations.

Economic Opportunities

Sri Lanka holds immense economic potential for India, especially in sectors such as trade, investment, and infrastructure development. Both countries have been working towards enhancing economic ties through initiatives like the India-Sri Lanka Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA).

Dr. Jaishankar’s visit provided an opportunity to explore new avenues for economic cooperation and strengthen trade relations between India and Sri Lanka.

Cultural Exchange

Cultural exchange plays a crucial role in enhancing people-to-people ties between nations. During his visit, Dr. Jaishankar highlighted the importance of cultural diplomacy in strengthening bilateral relations.


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